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Required Documentation

  • Application
  • Affidavit (signed and notarized)
  • History of Business
  • 3 Years of Income Tax (supplement with personal) if business has not be up and running for 3 years
  • Bank Signature Card
  • Business License (if applicable)
  • Profit and Loss Statement
  • Balance Sheet
  • US Passport, US Birth Certificate or Naturalization paper for all owners (evidence of citizenship)
  • Passport , Birth Certificate, Driver’s license for all owners (evidence of  gender)
  • Copy of State Issued ID for all owners
  • Real Estate Lease Agreement
  • Equipment Purchase Agreements
  • Debt Instruments
  • List of employees with date of hire and position
  • Previous month’s payroll
  • Proof of equity investment for women owner(s)
  • Stock certificates (both sides)
  • W-2s or K-1s for all owners
  • Resumes of all owners
  • Franchise, Trust and/or Union Agreements (if applicable)
  • Service Agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Affiliate Subsidiary Agreements

For Sole Proprietors

  • Assumed Name Documents

For Partnerships

  • Partnership Agreements
  • Ltd Partnership Certificate
  • Buy Out Rights Agreement
  • Profit Sharing Agreement
  • Proof of Capital Investment by all Partners

For Corporations

  • Certificate of Organization
  • Articles of Organization
  • Minutes from Shareholders first organizational meeting
  • Minutes from Shareholders/ Board of Directors’ meeting establishing current ownership
  • Minutes from most recent meeting of shareholders
  • Minutes from most recent meeting of board of directors
  • Proof of Equity  Investment for Women owners
  • Corporations Bylaws
  • Certificate from board secretary certifying names of all current members
  • Both sides of all stock certificates
  • Stock transfer ledger
  • Proof of stock purchase or equity investment of women owner(s)
  • Voting Agreements If out of state Corporation, Proof of Authority to do business in  State
  • Schedule of Advances made to Corporation by shareholders for the preceding 3 years

For LLCs

  • Articles of Organization
  • Certificate of Organization
  • LLC Regulations
  • Member List w/ titles
  • Proof of Equity  Investment for Women owners
  • If out of state LLC, Proof of Authority to do business in  State
  • Schedule of Advances made to LLC by members for the preceding 3 years

All documentation, along with the non-refundable (0-1M = $350, 1-5M=$500, 5-10M=$750-Over 10M=$1,000 processing fee made payable to Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council and sent to:

Maudie Moreno
Certification Manager
Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council
3458 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone:  513-487-6503
Fax:  513-559-5447

Please note:Any document in the list above that is not applicable to your company should be addressed with a written statement to that effect.  The statement can be in the form of a cover letter, a printed list of required documents with the non-applicable items noted, or in the form of a table of contents with non-applicable items highlighted in some manner.

Visit the WBENC website to apply for certification on-line.